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February 10, 2003

Sharon promises Israel he will remove Arafat

The has this report:
Ariel Sharon, prime minister for the past two years, was asked to form the next Israeli government yesterday and promised to remove the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, from power.

"The new government will have to complete the campaign against terror, remove the terrorist leadership and create the conditions for the emergence of a new Palestinian leadership with which it will be possible to make real peace," Mr Sharon said.

Earlier President Moshe Katsav asked him to form a new coalition following the victory of his Likud party in last month's election. Formation of the new government could take up to six weeks.

Mr Sharon did not specify how he would "remove the terrorist leadership", but Israeli newspapers reported that Israel and America had agreed that Mr Arafat could be deported once Saddam Hussein was toppled in Iraq.[more]